The Last Highlander

The Last Highlander

Scotland's Most Notorious Clan-chief, Rebel & Double-agent

eBook - 2012
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Saltire First Scottish Book of the Year 2012 Fans of Outlander must read this Saltire Society Literary Awards Scottish First Book of the Year - a great non-fiction adventure about Scotland's most notorious clan chief. Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, was the last of the great Scottish chiefs - and the last nobleman executed for treason. Determined to seek his fortune with the exiled Jacobite king in France, Fraser acted as a spy for both the Stuarts and the Hanoverians; claimed to be both Protestant and Roman Catholic. In July 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie launched his last attempt to seize back the throne, supported by Fraser and his clans. They were defeated at Culloden. Fraser was found hiding in a tree. This swashbuckling spy story recreates an extraordinary period of history in its retelling of Fraser's life. He is surely one of Scotland's most notorious and romantic figures, a cunning and ambitious soldier who died a martyr for his country and an independent Scotland.
Publisher: London : HarperPress, 2012
ISBN: 9780007302642
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvi, 402 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps


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Jul 08, 2016

For any traveller of the Highlands, a must visit is the Battlefield of Culloden just outside Inverness (an easy bus ride.) The 3 sided screen places one in the field between the English & the Scots, guns blazing, smoke drifting, cries of death. Walk the sacred ground. Amazing experience.
As for this read....clan (of old) hierarchy & culture is so complicated I cannot keep it straight. Kind of like the (strange) hierarchy of English titles & of little importance to me. Therefore, I never really enjoyed it.

Mar 27, 2016

I have yet to read this book and look forward to it, but I learned something new by reading the Author Notes under Additional Info category: that there is such a thing as // clean \\ Gaelic poetry?
Who knew . . . .


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